Good for Henry Green. Instead of jumping on any bandwagon, the Bristol lad has carved out a lovely space for himself with ambient, introverted electronica. Whether that’s your cup of tea or not, at least it’s bloody refreshing.
Of course, whether he can sustain that across a debut album like Shift – or an entire career – is another matter. We’ve heard a few of these songs in some form already: the title track, Another Light, Stay Here, and Without You all still twinkle with the understated charm that Green has perfected. Another Light in particular still shines bright with its surprising, clubby chorus.
Of the newer songs, Aiir pulses with the quiet energy of all Henry Green songs, but Diversion and Something feel like afterthoughts that don’t measure up even within the narrow parameters Green has created for himself. It’s still a striking debut and the mark of a wonderful talent, but one that doesn’t quite give us enough shades to rave about.